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Ten Years On: GRT Remembers the 2010 Earthquake in San Antonio, Chile

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

Ten years ago in the Chilean port city of San Antonio, two container cranes were unloading a container ship when an 8.8 earthquake struck!

In the earthquake ravaged country, GRT were called in to mobilize crews and equipment. It wasn't easy and we faced many mobilization hurdles due to the continuous earthquake tremors. Working alongside Lift Tech consultants we were able to bring the disabled cranes back to working order and get the important port back to full operation.

Repairs to the cranes included: ⦁    Section replacements on both booms caused by severe structural impact damage. ⦁    Flame straightening of both booms, which were both severely bent. ⦁    Realignment of the boom rails. ⦁    Complete rebuild of one of the boom tip platforms and repairs to the other. ⦁    Replacement of one portal beam on one crane due to twisting damage. ⦁    Complete rebuild of the back reach platform on one crane. ⦁    Replacement of all cable, boom hoists, main hoists and trolley drives. ⦁    Rebuild of some trolley platforms due to impact damage.

⦁    Section replacements on 3 of 4 legs on one crane due to severe twisting damage (see image below).

GRT's crane services include emergency response and quick mobilization, preventive maintenance, crane repairs and modification, new crane assembly and installation, crane dismantling, removal and salvage.

GRT have offices in Virginia (US), Vancouver (Canada), San Antonio (Chile) and Panama City (Panama), enabling their capacity to meet the needs of global clients quickly and efficiently.

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